Managing Director, Executive Search
With nearly 15 years in the executive search industry, Marissa has successfully led executive and senior-level leadership recruitments across functions and industries.
At Koya, Marissa leads a portfolio of executive-level searches. She has deep expertise in social and human services, organizations with global reach, and with health-related nonprofits.
Representative clients include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, JDRF, After School Matters, Opportunity International, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, and National Safety Council.
Prior to joining Koya, Marissa served as Vice President, Global Research for DHR International, a top five retained search firm. There, she was a key leader in the development of the education and nonprofit practice. Marissa was also responsible for overall management of DHR International’s global search execution and was instrumental in the expansion of the firm in Asia, Europe, and South America. Deeply committed to client service, Marissa was awarded the Chairman’s Award for Excellence at DHR multiple times.
Marissa’s commitment to the mission-driven field was cemented early in her career when she worked at Christopher House, a nationally recognized social service organization in Chicago that supports low-income families.
An active community member and leader, Marissa serves on the Board for the Instituto del Progreso Latino. She has mentored and served on the planning committee for P.E.A.K. (The Partnership to Educate and Advance Kids). Marissa volunteers regularly with a number of Chicago nonprofits, including local food pantries. In addition, she is a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago, Class of 2020.
Marissa earned her BA from Marquette University, where she now serves on the Alumni Association National Board of Directors.